Notebook: RedHawks Sweep Falcons
CHARGING AHEAD: The University of Wisconsin continued its stellar streak of unbeaten games to 12 (10-0-2) with the Badgers' road wins over then-No. 18 Michigan State and then-No. 1 Michigan at the College Hockey Showcase last weekend. It is the longest current unbeaten streak in the nation.
The Badgers took over the top spot in the USCHO.com Division I national rankings after capping off a 7-0-1 month of November with a 3-2 victory at Michigan on Saturday. The No. 1 ranking is Wisconsin's first since Oct. 23, 2000.
Goaltender Brian Elliott stopped 42 of 45 shots on goal for a .933 save percentage as he garnered the Baron® Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week award. Two of the three goals Elliott allowed last week came during power-plays.
Elliott, a junior from Newmarket, Ontario, ranks second in the nation with a .942 save percentage and a 1.41 goals against average. He has an 11-1-2 record this season. The Badgers lead the nation with a 1.43 goals per game scoring defense.
D-FENCE: Miami University (Ohio) remained on top of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings with its third sweep of the season after downing Bowling Green in two games last weekend.
Sophomore Charlie Effinger and freshman Jeff Zatkoff, who split time defending the RedHawks' goal, are first and third in the nation, respectively, in save percentage and goals against average. Effinger tops both categories with marks of 0.945 and 1.38, while Zatkoff is third at 0.936 and 1.58. Miami's scoring defense also ranks third in the nation with 1.58 goals allowed per game.
Freshman Raymond Eichenlaub garnered CCHA Defenseman of the Week after contributed three assists in the sweep against Bowling Green. He also helped the RedHawks kill 16 of 17 power-play opportunities in the two victories.
ON A ROLL: Senior captain Jon Smyth earned ECAC Hockey League Player of the Week after leading Colgate to a win and a tie in the Raiders' two-game series against Western Michigan last weekend.
Smyth, a native of Markham, Ontario, scored the game-winning goal in a 4-3 overtime win on Saturday, while assisting on the second score of the game. He also netted a goal in Friday's 2-2 tie as he climbed the school all-time scoring list. Smyth now ranks 46th on the school charts with 96 points.
Smyth has contributed nine points on two goals and seven assists with at least one point in each of the Raiders' last five games. He leads the team with 12 assists.
LEADING THE WAY: Senior Brett Sterling improved his NCAA-leading goal total to 16 with four scores in Colorado College's road trip to Massachusetts last week.
Sterling tallied three goals, including the game-winning score in a 4-3 overtime win against Boston University on Saturday, after contributing a goal and an assist in the Tigers' 4-3 loss to UMass on Friday. He earned WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts marking the eighth time in his career his has received the award.
Colorado College is No. 2 in the latest USCHO.com national rankings after holding the No. 3 spot for the last two weeks.